Fortnite: Chapter Two

Kathleen Tumminello, Staff Writer

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Fortnite has been around for more than two years. It is a popular game that is played by people all around the world. It has had 10 seasons; with each one including additions and changes to the game, as well as new unlockable options to customize your avatar. After several events and millions upon millions of games, Chapter One of Fortnite has come to an end. On October 13, 2019, an event took place on every server; according to The Verge, a rocket ship that launched in Season Four created a rift in the sky, and a meteor from Season Three crashed into the center of the Fortnite island. After this happened, the screens of players everywhere went dark, and an image of a black hole appeared. It stayed there for about 2 days while Epic Games (the company who made Fortnite) was creating Season 11, the first season of Chapter Two. Finally, the day came when Chapter Two was released to the public. On October 15, all of the players had access to a new map, with new locations, new features, and new items. 

 

About The Game

Fortnite is a game that can be played on various consoles, including the Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, PC, and smartphones. Players can team up with up to three others or go solo; the goal of the game is to be the last person or team standing on a server with 100 players. Although Fortnite is a shooting game, it is not realistic, and there is no blood or gore, so it is appropriate for a wide age range. Players can collect materials to build, whether it is a protective wall around themselves, or massive structures. 

There are modes such as Creative and Playground where players can respawn infinitely, try out weapons, or build to their heart’s content. Players can also express themselves through emotes, which are emoticons, spray paints, or dances done by the avatar. Each season has a Battle Pass, which is a feature where you can unlock skins, emotes, and more by completing challenges. Each player automatically can access the Battle Pass, but they can get much more unlockable content if they buy the full Battle Pass with V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency. At the beginning of each match, players jump out of the Battle Bus (a flying bus with a hot air balloon attached to the top), and skydive down to a large island, where they can collect weapons and building materials. 

Over the course of the game, a deadly storm closes in on the island. Every few minutes, the eye of the storm shrinks, and players take damage if they stray from the eye. Every player starts out with 100 Health Points and 100 Shield Points. Shields can be used on top of health to make it take longer to eliminate a player, but shields will not protect players from the storm or fall damage. Even if the Shield Points reaches zero, a player is not eliminated until their Health Points reach zero. Each match finishes when only one player or team remains, whether the competitors were eliminated by other players, or the storm.

 

The New Chapter

When players go into Fortnite for the first time since Chapter Two, a trailer plays, showing four characters traveling across this new island. The trailer shows that fishing now exists in the game, as well as some details of the new island which include a large dam at the end of a river, a factory pumping odd purple sludge, and snow-capped mountains. 

At the end of the video, the Battle Bus flies towards the island, and it shows more characters inside it, dancing. One of the default skins runs and jumps out of the bus, and the match begins. The player is now able to control the default skin as he skydives down. Instead of named locations, however, the map has question marks where those locations should be. Players have to travel around the map to discover these new places, whether they are major named locations, or small landmarks.

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